DIY: Show Your Comic Love With A Name Sign!

I can’t think of a snazzy name for it but oh well. My nephew will be starting school soon and one thing they need to work on is having him write/recognize his name. My sister wanted to get him a sign with comic books but I was like “Hey! I can totally do that!” I mean, I did make a pair of shoes. Why give someone $90 on Etsy when you can do it for maybe $20?

The first thing I did was head off to Michaels (armed with a coupon) to pick out some letters. They had a few different styles but I wanted something that was big enough to work with that I was doing. Plus it needed to be easy for Aiden to read. Anything too fancy just wouldn’t work. Luckily I found something that did the trick.

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Obviously I picked up one of each letter, plus some extra brushes. I already had ModPodge from my previous comic book DIY but you’ll need that too. Then I hit up the comic book shop and grabbed some $1 comics. Of course you can always use some comics that you already own. Now, I ended up doing two different techniques. The first time I did the typical “cut & paste,” trying to fit as much of the character as I could onto the letter. It doesn’t look horrible but then my dad suggested just using an entire page, then cutting/trimming when it was dried. That’s how I did the remaining letters. First you’ll want to line the letters up on the different pages until you find something you’re happy with. I tried to pick a page that had a few panels of the character I wanted that would fit the shape I was working with. It took some time but it was worth it. Once you have your page selected, cut it down a bit. It just makes it easier to trim later. Then cover the entire letter in ModPodge and then place your comic right on top! Make sure you’re careful when placing it so everything lines up the way you wanted! Then once everything is dry (I waited til the next day), just grab your razor/knife and trim around the edge! Boom. DONE! Pretty easy and awesome right? Now photos!

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Here are the two styles side by side. You can obviously tell the difference! The SP letter is much cleaner than the C&P letter. Both work, but it really just depends on what you like! Be sure to put a layer of ModPodge on your letters too. It will help protect the paper! Once you’re finished all your letters, the last thing to do is attach them to a backing! My dad took care of that part of the project. Just attach your letters and you’re done!

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Looks pretty good right? It didn’t take that long to finish either! It’s easily a project that could be done with the help of a kid too. But this was a surprise so I did it on my own. Have you ever made something like this? Let me know about your DIY fun in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Real Life Geeks Who Inspire Me

Instead of doing celebrity nerds like Felicia Day I wanted to try and include actual people that I know. I would be easy to compile a list of nerdy media types but I wanted to make this more personal. The nerd/geek world is huge and every changing thanks to these people!

1. Megan AKA The Nerdy Girlie

I find Megan very inspiring, and more so since she’s started opening up more on her blog. It’s not easy to share personal troubles with the internet. You’re always worried about being judged, or maybe saying the wrong thing. She’s just such a sweet person, and the “work” she does for the community is great! I say “work” because I’m sure she just sees it as doing what she loves, not really a job or work at all. Just think about all the events she puts together during San Diego Comic-Con! It’s truly insane yet amazing!

2. Travis The Grimm

I wish I could have the amazing attitude that Travis has. I’ve never seen him angry or mad! Sure, I’ve seen him bummed out about things but it never lasts! I truly think his positive attitude and vibe is the reason why so many things seem to open up for him. If I could just harness 1% of his energy and happiness, I’d be a much better and happier person.

3. Anne of House of Darkly

Anne has been a friend for a few years now and I don’t know how she does everything she does. I mean, from running her own business to taking on something like the “Never Stop Fighting” candles she put together to show support for Jared Padalecki and his battle with depression. I’m not sure if she ever sleeps, she might even be a robot, but I can’t think of a more amazing person and someone who really does put their heart into everything she does. Just look at her GISHWHES items!

4. Ryan “Agent M” Penagos

If you’re a Marvel fan on Twitter (or just in general really) you know who Agent M. He’s pretty much the social media face of the company. You’ve seen him at conventions, you’ve seen him in different videos. He’s just a super awesome guy and always treats everyone with respect. If he can help answer a question he will. If he can’t, he won’t mess around with you and will tell you point blank. Plus he gives awesome high fives. And he loves Godzilla. I mean, you can’t go wrong there.

5. Cosplayers

This is pretty generic but being new to cosplay, there are some really amazing and talented people out there. I think it’s something else for someone to be able to take an idea from paper and turn into a reality. Not to mention those who put their own twists on things. There are way too many to list but Birds of Play, Contangious Costuming, Jay Justice and The Geeky Seamstress come to mind! Oh and Alexadria The Red and Angi Viper. See, I knew I’d start a list and then feel like I need to keep going! I mean, this doesn’t even include some of the amazing prop masters out there.

There you go! There are tons of other nerdy/geeky people out there who inspire me but I didn’t want this post to go on forever. That seems to be a common problem with Fandom Friday! I can’t wait to read all the other posts! You can learn more about 5 Fandom Friday here and here!

Check Out The Newest Nick Fury Hot Toys!

Back when Avengers came out, Hot Toys released a Nick Fury that quickly sold out and went the way of being overpriced on Ebay. Well, if you missed out the first time you’re on luck! Hot Toys has just released another Nick Fury Sixth Scale Figure based on his appearance in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He comes in at $219.99 with a $22 NRD due when you order. But if you do the payment plan your payments won’t start until next year! Which means you have plenty of time to save up if he’s on your “must have” list. I ordered mine already! Here are some photos and more information about the figure!

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“You need to keep both eyes open!”

Nick Fury is a crucial character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the one who activated the Avengers initiative to bring a team of powerful heroes together to protect the Earth from many shockingly dangerous threats!

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are delighted to officially present the Nick Fury Sixth Scale Collectible Figure from the fan favorite movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

The highly movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and features a newly developed head sculpt with eyepatch that reveals his injured left eye, finely tailored costume, detailed weapon, accessories and figure stand!

Don’t miss the chance to add this important character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to your collection!

What’s in the Box?

The Nick Fury Sixth Scale Collectible Figure specially features:

  • Authentic and detailed likeness of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Movie-accurate facial features with removable left eyepatch, detailed wrinkles, skin texture and facial hair
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Body with over 30 points of articulation
  • Six (6) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
    – One (1) pair of fists
    – One (1) pair of relaxed palms
    – One (1) pair of palms for gun holding
  • Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume: 

  • One (1) black long coat
  • One (1) black long-sleeve turtleneck shirt
  • One (1) removable black arm sling
  • One (1) pair of black pants
  • One (1) pair of black shoes

Weapon:

  • One (1) pistol

Accessories:

  • One (1) mobile phone
  • One (1) portable data storage device
  • Figure stand with Nick Fury nameplate and the movie logo

The Jeremy Renner Panel!

I didn’t take a ton of photos but I took enough and did manage to record about 75% of the panel. I was seriously trying to do 3 things at once to make sure I covered all angles. I told my friend Andrea I would come through for her since she couldn’t make the con and I think I managed to do a good job! As far as the panel goes, it was really fun! Jeremy seemed to be having a good time and was really great when kids asked questions. He just seemed really relaxed. Aaron Sagers did a wonderful job as the moderator. It’s not a job I’d ever want! The panel was only 30 minutes and he did a nice job of keeping everything on track. I imagine that can be a very difficult job! And with that, the panel!

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This panel made me realize my camera isn’t as good as it once was! My phone was taking better photos at one point. But it got the job done for now. And enjoy some creeper photos from when I was waiting in the autograph line!

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Jeremy Renner Is The Nicest Ever

I think that almost rhymes? This weekend I flew off to Chicago with Deidre to visit friends (including Mel who just started her own blog) and attend Wizard World Chicago where I was going to meet Jeremy Renner. Now, to say I was nervous is an understatement. He’s one of my favorite actors and I never thought I’d get a chance to meet him. Especially since London didn’t go as planned. But it seems that everything has a way of working out!

Jeremy was only there on Sunday but luckily I went the VIP package which meant I got a photo, autograph, and special seating for his panel. The first thing to happen was the photo op. I was very nervous. You don’t have a lot of time and I was just very overwhelmed. The more time I spent in line, the closer I got to freaking out but Deidre helped. She kept saying how Renner is just a cat in a human suit. It was pretty hilarious. Bu then finally it was my time. I will say the staff at the photo room (and honestly all the staff I dealt with) were very nice and helpful. She was complimenting everyone as we waited which honestly really helped with nerves. She even said she wanted to take her own photo with me! I salute you random WW volunteer for making us fans feel 100% better about everything that’s going on. Then it was my turn and I got up and notice how much smaller he is in real life! He’s solid but he’s shorter than I expected! I quickly say hello and he asks how I’m doing and we take the photo and then I say thank you!

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I was told my a reliable source that he did a quick glance down at my boobs which was exactly what I hoped for! Suns out, guns out! It was over in a blur and then I picked up my photo and we headed down to the autograph line! I kept going back and forth on what to have signed. A poster? Print? Funko Pop? It’s really hard to pick just ONE thing. I then settled on having my corset signed, with my backup being the photo from earlier. I wasn’t sure if they’d let me get the corset signed and I wanted to make sure I had something else ready to go. Luckily though his manager had no issues with it! He went down and told the giant security guy that when it was my turn to let me behind the table that way Renner could sign it. GUYS. He was SO fucking nice. Like really nice. He asked what color sharpie and we went with silver. We were trying to find a good spot when he goes “Tell me where you want it.” Talk about a loaded question, am I right? We picked a spot and since he’s left handed it was a bit awkward for him to sign, but that just meant his arm was all up on my rack. He then asked a few questions like if I had made it, and how cool it was. OH did I mention I got a hug? When he was done signing I asked if I could have a hug and he said “of course Mommma!”

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My inner Sam Winchester was fainting all over the place. And he’s such a great hugger you guys. I’ll never forget that hug. Ever. In a million years. But here’s his autograph!

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It was such a great experience you guys! I was really worried because I’ve dealt with Wizard World in the past and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Especially since Jeremy was only there for one day and they had a lot on his schedule (3 photo ops, 2 signings, 1 panel). Granted, some things did run late but in the end it was still a great time! Tomorrow I’ll be posting about the panel! I have some photos and video I need to download first!